News According to research published by the Ministry of Justice, over a fifth of out of work benefits claimants have a criminal record

More than a fifth of out of work benefits claimants have a criminal record according to research published by the Ministry of Justice today.

Iain Duncan Smith attacked over claims benefit cap is driving jobless to work

Former chief economist at the DWP accuses the former Conservative Party leader of misrepresenting government statistics

Multiple jobs create a pension black hole

If the pension crisis wasn't bad enough, with millions facing penury in retirement, a new survey shows that almost a quarter of adults have actually lost a pension pot.

A quarter of adults have lost a pension pot, says survey

If the pension crisis wasn’t bad enough with millions facing penury in retirement, a new survey published today shows that almost a quarter of adults have actually lost a pension pot.

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The affluent give lectures on frugality while knowing nothing of the misery of deprivation. Plus: Paul Raymond, and obliging stereotypes

MPs fear benefit reforms will open door to fraudsters

Committee highlights concerns that IT system will have trouble distinguishing between genuine and fraudulent claims

In February Iain Duncan Smith drafted in one of the Government’s most experienced trouble-shooters to take charge of the programme - which has now been delayed again

Not so Universal Credit: Government puts the brakes on trials of its controversial new benefits programme

Ministers tonight significantly scaled back plans to begin piloting their controversial universal credit programme next month amid fears that the scheme is behind schedule and facing major problems.

Increase in 'house swaps' due to lack of social housing

Significant numbers of people are looking to switch to a smaller home

Housing benefit bill: MPs warn that 'bedroom tax' will hit poorest

Plans to slash the housing benefit bill partly by the introduction of the so-called bedroom tax could have a "severe impact" on the income of Britain's poorest people, MPs warn the Government today.

The Trussell Trust has launched an appeal for donations to help it cope with the rising number of people relying on food banks

Austerity on the menu: food bank needs £1m to meet increased demand caused by 'Iain Duncan-Smith's welfare reforms'

Explosion in numbers dependent on hand-outs from 29,000 in 2009-10 to nearly 300,000 in 2012-13

Capable of 'work-related activity': Partially blind Thalidomide victim with brain tumour fights Atos decision to force her to attend interviews and put together CV

A Thalidomide victim with a brain tumour who is blind in one eye and has trouble walking is battling against a decision by Atos that she is capable of “work related activity”.

Campaigners fight to save fund for disabled

Six disabled people are taking ministers to the High Court over a decision to scrap a scheme enabling them to stay in their homes.

Disabled exempted from ‘bedroom tax’

Parents with severely disabled children who are unable to share a room with their siblings are to be exempt from the Government’s under-occupation penalty, or so-called bedroom tax.

The Anglican Church has welcomed its new leader today with a ceremony in St Paul’s that officially marks Justin Welby’s election to Archbishop of Canterbury

Welby’s call on welfare puts IDS on the defensive

Archbishop of Canterbury says children will be pushed into poverty by Government’s proposals

MPs hammer jobs scheme with 3 per cent rate of success

The Government's multi-billion pound programme to get the long-term unemployed into work has been condemned as "extremely poor" by MPs.

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